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Details Emerge on the New In-Person Interview Requirement for Green Card Applicants

by Stinson Leonard Street on

On August 28, 2017, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that it will begin to "phase-in" mandatory in-person interviews for certain employment-based applications, including the main application to...more

Trump Administration Plans Large Scale Shift in Immigration Laws

President Trump and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) are now exploring different options to fundamentally transform the immigration system in the United States without legislative action by Congress, according to CNN...more

I-9 Process Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

Purpose:- Immigration law requires employers to walk a fine line between determining the eligibility of employees to work in the United States (the purpose of the I-9 Form) and not discriminating against those of...more

Insights: AOS Interviews Begin

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

The USCIS has started conducting in-person interviews for all employment-based adjustment of status (AOS) applicants whose applications were filed on or after March 6, 2017. The AOS will not be approved until after a...more

I-9 Audit Guide

by Fox Rothschild LLP on

This document is designed to be an employer’s guide for an internal private I-9 audit to be used in conjunction with the advice of corporate immigration counsel. This document alone is not a comprehensive list of...more

“The cold never bothered me anyway!” SEC again uses its power to freeze an alleged EB-5 scam

Like Elsa, the Princess in Disney’s classic Frozen, once again the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has utilized its power to freeze. In this case, the freezing of assets. In what has become an increasingly common...more

White House Releases Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities

by Littler on

On October 8, 2017, the White House released a list of immigration priorities addressing border security, interior enforcement, and a merit-based immigration system. The priority list calls for the hiring of 10,000 ICE...more

Supreme Court Dismisses One Of Two Travel Ban Cases As Moot

As discussed in our Immigration Dispatch of September 26, President Trump recently issued a broader, more nuanced travel ban Proclamation to replace the March 6 travel ban, most of which expired on September 24. At the time,...more

TechConnect - Your Law Firm Link to Industry News - September 2017

by Mintz Levin on

Letter from the Editors - Words are very powerful and the language we use often frames a discussion. For example, the term “shareholder activist” sounds like a consumer friendly person who has everyone’s best interests at...more

Official Notice: TPS For Sudan To Terminate On November 2, 2018

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

DHS published the official announcement in the Federal Register terminating TPS for Sudan as of November 2, 2018. ...more

Business Immigration Update: October H-1B Reminders, Information on Employment-Based I-485 Interviews and Trump Administration...

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

October brings seasonal reminders for employees who are starting employment pursuant to H-1B status as well as some current changes to employment-based permanent resident applicants. In addition, the White House has issued...more

Repealing DACA Comes at a High Price to Employers

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Trump Administration’s termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program could have a negative, costly impact on employers. The DACA program protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who...more

Trump Administration’s U.S. Interior Deportations Jump 34 Percent. Employers and Immigrants Must Be Proactive.

The Washington Post reported that deportations of undocumented immigrants living in the United States have significantly increased under President Trump’s Administration. The rise is attributable to increased immigration...more

EB-5 Program Is Extended Without Changes Until December 8, 2017

by Cozen O'Connor on

On September 8, President Trump signed into law H.R. 601 which will keep the U.S. federal government open through December 8, 2017. As a result, the EB-5 Regional Center Program is now extended until such date without any...more

Trump Administration Issues Demands In Exchange For Relief For DACA Recipients

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

Deferred action for DACA recipients will start to expire in March 2018 and there is still no certainty about what will happen to them. Amidst legal challenges to the rescission of DACA, the introduction of a number of...more

New California Laws Provide Protections To Immigrant Employees

by Jackson Lewis P.C. on

On October 5, 2017, California Governor Jerry Brown signed 11 bills essentially making California a sanctuary state. The California Values Act (SB 54) aims to protect undocumented immigrants living in California. Brown...more

U.S Non-Immigrant Visa Service Suspended in Turkey

by Cozen O'Connor on

The U.S. State Department has temporarily suspended the issuance of non-immigrant visas at all U.S. government diplomatic facilities in Turkey on October 8, 2017. ...more

Attention, Employers: ‘Call for Evidence' Provides Opportunity to Influence Post-Brexit Migration Policy

by Faegre Baker Daniels on

The British government commissioned the Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) in July 2017 to advise on “the economic and social impacts of Brexit and on how the U.K.’s immigration system should be aligned with a modern...more

President Trump Sets Showdown on Federal Budget and DACA, Seeks Much Stricter Immigration Enforcement

In a letter provided to Congress on Sunday, the White House set out a list of immigration policies and programs that it wants put into place in order to make a deal on extending DACA, the program that allows undocumented...more

U.S. Services in Turkey and Cuba Suspended

by Moore & Van Allen PLLC on

On Sunday, October 8th, the U.S. State Department (DOS) announced that effective immediately, the issuance of nonimmigrant visas to Turkish citizens will be halted....more

U.S. and Turkey Suspend Nonimmigrant Visa Services

On October 8, 2017, the U.S. Embassy in Ankara, Turkey, announced that it has suspended all nonimmigrant visa services at all U.S. diplomatic facilities in Turkey. “Recent events have forced the United States Government to...more

Targeted ICE Investigations - in it for the Long Haul with Record $95 Million Plea Deal for I-9 Violations

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: With a record $95 million plea deal for I-9 immigration violations following a six year investigation, the outcome for a Pennsylvania company with operations nationwide serves as a reminder of the federal...more

Survival in the Immigration Culture of Delay and Social Media Mining - Adjustment Interviews

by Dickinson Wright on

With the recent change by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to mandate in-person interviews for employment based adjustment cases along with changes to require the review of social media and to what...more

Beltway Buzz - October, 2017

Tax Reform Gets Under Way; Special Interest Groups Already Bustling.As soon as the Republican-controlled Congress cast aside (however momentarily) its attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to focus on tax reform,...more

California Seeks to Restrict ICE Workplace Raids

by Latham & Watkins LLP on

Employers should take practical steps to comply with a new bill requiring them to demand search warrants from ICE agents. Key Points: ..Employers need to train facility heads to respond to ICE Agents seeking access to...more

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